Yudi Rafael L. Koike

Yudi Rafael
Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
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Yudi Rafael is a PhD student in Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. His research interests include contemporary art and curatorial practices in Brazil, cultural and political memory of racialization, and Japanese exclusion laws and practices in Hemispheric Americas.

He has studied Visual Arts at FAAP, where he was awarded scholarship prizes in two consecutive Art Annuals, and holds a BA in Social Sciences from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, a Pós-Graduação Lato Sensu in Art: Criticism and Curating from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and a MA in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University.

He is an independent curator and has worked with different cultural institutions and spaces in São Paulo over the past years. Among others, he was recently assistant curator of the 2nd Frestas Art Triennial, "Between Post-Truth and Events" (2017); co-curator of Residência Artística Cambridge (2016), an artistic residency program based within an occupied building in the downtown area, for which he was a recipient of the 2016 APCA - São Paulo Association of Art Critics award for 'urban appropriation'; and guest curator of “Potlatch – Trocas de Arte” (2016), at Sesc Belenzinho.